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Sometimes called ‘white ants’, termites are considered beneficial in nature as they feed off dead trees and convert them into organic matter. However, for these crawlers, the wood in buildings and other structures are just as appetising to them.
Out of hundreds of termite species all throughout Australia, about 20 of those can cause serious damages and insurmountable expenses as they are capable of eating through solid wood in buildings and homes. There is an ideal temperature and humidity that these particular species of termites require and most of the time, the timbers used in your home and garden provide just a fitting environment for them to thrive and survive.
Strategically Designing Your Home to Minimise Termite Damage
- Designing the concrete slab with edges exposed for easy inspection.
- Using less timber in building the structure.
- Laying timber floor with access points for under-floor inspection.
- Installing an interwinding system under the concrete slab to allow easy application of chemical barriers.
As you can tell, these measures are mostly barriers to hinder termites from entering your premises. As a matter of fact, there are 2 types of barriers that you can use: the physical and the chemical.
- Metal Shields or Stainless Steel Mesh – during construction, sheets of fine stainless steel mesh can be installed under metal slabs and in external walls.
- Granite Chip Barriers – these stone barriers are graded to a size and shape which cannot be transported by termites. The spaces between its particles are too small for termites to pass through. Stone barriers can be installed underneath the concrete slabs or surrounding it. It can also be installed beneath a suspended floor.
During construction, termicide is applied to the soil under the slab and around the pipes, footings, conduits and other structures for a vertical barrier. For a horizontal barrier, loosened soil around the perimeter, including around pipes and service facilities, is treated during construction.
Many new buildings, homes and other structures use a termicide-treated layer of soil underneath or surrounding them. When used together with the physical barriers, it will form an unified barrier.
Other times, people consider using treated timbers to construct houses, fences and garden structures.
Then again, you must be aware of the effects of these chemicals to both the environment and your family’s health. It is recommended that only licensed pest controllers carry out the soil and timber treatment to ensure the work is done safely and effectively. Rid your home of these nasty creatures. Call us on 1300 304 725 today.
When it comes to eliminating pests, Defence Pest Management uses a diverse range of pest control solutions. Depending on the type of pests and degree of infestation, we can help you eradicate pests with the use of chemical barriers, baiting and liquid termiticides. For properties with severe infestations, another common approach for pest management is structural fumigation.
Structural fumigation is pest management technology in which a property is sealed and gaseous pesticides are released in the area to eliminate the infestation. With this method, even hard-to-reach areas where nests might be located can be penetrated, thus effectively killing off even unseen pests.
Stages of Structural Fumigation
Because structural fumigation makes use of chemical substances to suffocate pests, the process involves several phases to ensure that the method is carried out effectively, efficiently and safely.
Sealing the Property
The first step is to seal the area that will be fumigated. In most cases, tents or tarps are used to cover the structure and to ensure that the pesticide remains trapped inside during the fumigation. Signs must also be put up to warn people from entering the premises.
Release of Gaseous Pesticide
Once the property is completely sealed off, the fumigant is then released inside the structure. The concentration and amount of fumigant used can vary depending on the size of the area. With a sealed environment, the gaseous pesticide will be contained within the area, allowing the fumigant to poison the pests present in the property.
This process can take days to weeks, depending on the severity of the infestation, the type of the fumigant used and the size of the area being treated.
After the fumigation is completed, the tent or tarp will then be removed and the fumigated space will be ventilated. This step is important to ensure that any poisonous substance is released and that the structure can be again safe for human habitation. Only after then will the occupants be allowed to re-enter the property.
Should I Opt for Structural Fumigation?
If you suspect a pest infestation in your property, Defence Pest Management can help you with inspections. We will first thoroughly examine your property and identify the type of pests invading your home.
Once the type of pest and location and severity of infestation have been identified, we will give you recommendations on the possible treatments that can be implemented and help you determine whether or not a structural fumigation is the most effective method.
With the different types of termites and their varying nesting habits, it is necessary to use various methods of pest control to get rid of them. The location and degree of infestation is also a factor our technicians at Defence Pest Management take into consideration when recommending which treatment to use.
Dealing with Drywood Termites
Unlike subterranean termites whose colonies are often found in the soil and in damp wood, drywood termites nest in solid dry wood. Timber structures in homes, as well as furniture, can be their hiding place. Just like all other types of termites, the damage caused by drywood termites may not be immediately visible, especially because they attack the wood from the inside.
Homeowners may find wood pellets near the furniture or structure that has been invaded by drywood termites and used as their colony, but for a while, signs of infestation may be unnoticeable.
A common pest control treatment for drywood termites is structural fumigation, or the method of sealing a structure and releasing fumigants to poison the termites. However, while this is effective for large infestations, it may not be the most efficient method for infestations that are only isolated to specific areas.
Spot Wood Treatment
Localised or spot wood treatment is ideal when the drywood termite infestation affects only a part of the timber structure. Once the colony is located, a small hole can be drilled and used for injecting termiticide into the wood. Several holes may also be drilled directly into the termite galleries where the termiticide will be applied.
Advantages of Spot Wood Treatment
Since the treatment is restricted to certain areas, there will be no need for disrupting the activities in the entire property unlike with structural fumigation. Spot wood treatment is also considerably less expensive than structural fumigation.
Disadvantages of Spot Wood Treatment
Spot wood treatment is generally effective for eliminating drywood termites. However, to ensure that the treatment has a lasting effect, the location of the termites must be carefully determined. Because the termites are located inside the wall and are not readily visible, there is a risk that some infested parts of the structure may not be treated, leaving the termites to continuously grow in numbers.
Ensuring Your Property is Free from Drywood Termites
A thorough and complete pest inspection of your property is the first step to making sure that no infested spot will be left amiss. The Defence Pest Management team, with the use of our high-quality inspection equipment, will take every necessary step to locate termite colonies around your property. Once the locations of pest infestation are determined and confirmed, we will help you decide on the most convenient and effective solution for eradicating the infestation.
Although do-it-yourself pest control can be done with the use of pest treatments from your local hardware store, this still isn’t as effective as having your property inspected by qualified technicians. At Defence Pest Management, we have an excellent team of licensed inspectors who can handle all your pest control needs – from inspections, all the way to eradicating pests and preventing future infestations.
The Training of Our Workforce
Defence Pest Management technicians are fully insured and licensed, so you can be confident that you have the right people handling your pest problems. Our technicians have undergone thorough and comprehensive training to ensure that we can provide the best quality of service possible.
The training our technicians have undergone allows them to assess and treat pests.
Assess pest control options
As pest management professionals it is necessary that technicians have the appropriate and up-to-date knowledge as to which methods can be used to effectively eliminate pests and prevent recurring infestations in a specific environment.
Modify environment to manage pests
In most instances, it will be required to modify the setup of a property and recreate the physical conditions – either outdoors or indoors – in order to address the pest problem. Our technicians have been trained to understand the proper selection and use of equipment to achieve the necessary modifications, while still keeping the environment safe for habitation.
Implement pest control plans and treatment
There are various types of pest control treatment, including the use of chemical and physical barrier systems. It is a must that the person doing the job has the right skills for the safe use and adequate handling of the materials to be used, and can successfully implement pest management plans according to the proposed method.
Recommend pest management options to clients
The nature and extent of an infestation can vary from one property to another, and so do the specific requirements of every client. With the right information about pest activities in a property and an in-depth understanding of client requirements, our technicians are able to recommend pest management options, not only to control the current problem, but also to reduce the potential risk of pest infestations in the future.
Inspect and control timber pests
The methods for controlling timber pests, such as termites, are not the same as the methods for eradicating rodents, cockroaches or other types of pests. In most cases, the damage and threat caused by timber pests are larger than those of other pests, hence, a completely different approach is needed to deal with termites.
To effectively get rid of timber pests, a technician should be equipped with the proper training to handle the required tasks for managing termites, including trainings on the proper installation of protective barriers to prevent termites from invading your property.
White ants, or termites, are undeniably one of the most destructive pests that can invade any type of property. For as long as there are cellulose-based materials found in your home, including wooden furniture and timber that white ants can feed on, then there is always a risk of infestation.
Methods of Termite Control
But while almost every home in Australia is at risk of pest infestation, there are also ways to control and even eradicate the termites. At Defence Pest Management, we begin with inspecting your home to determine the type and degree of infestation. Our team will then come up with methods of pest control and elimination that is most effective for your specific requirements.
Chemical Barrier System
A widely-used termite treatment at Defence Pest Management, liquid termiticides act as a barrier system so that termites will not be able to enter your home. This is most useful for getting rid of subterranean termites that begin their invasion from the ground.
Subterranean termites nest in the soil, creating tunnel-like passages to move from one area to another. They require plenty of moisture for survival and mainly feed on damp, rotten wood, such as trees and untreated timber. And because they move underground, they are hardly seen or noticed as they attack your property.
The liquid termiticides can be applied to the soil, thus treating it by repelling and killing the subterranean termites. Liquid termiticides can often last for years, but the frequency of application can vary depending on your circumstances.
Sentricon White Ant Control System
Baiting is another effective method for managing and eliminating termites, where a poisoned cellulose-based material is used as a bait to get rid of an entire termite colony. Specifically, the Sentricon white ant control system uses several bait stations that are placed in the ground. These bait stations contain food for the termite, which the worker termites will gather and bring back to their nest.
Since their food is poisoned, the termites will gradually die, including the queen, making it impossible for their colony to survive and continue infesting your property.
Preventing Termite Infestations
Before any infestation can even begin, you can already prevent the termites from even getting attracted to your home. Always keep any cellulose-based materials outside your home – mulch, pile of woods, trees – away from the perimeter of the main structure.
You should also have your property inspected and treated, not only for termites but also other pests, including spiders, ants, cockroaches, silverfish, mites and fleas, at least once a year.
Termites may be very tiny creatures, but their damage can be huge if they are not immediately discovered and eliminated. The problem with termite infestations is that, the little critters can keep their colony and their damage hidden, usually only discovered once the damage already becomes noticeable. This is especially true when pest inspections in a property are not conducted regularly. At this point, the repair costs could already be adding up.
To effectively help you control infestations in your home, our licenced inspectors at Defence Pest Management use monitoring and baiting treatments against termites and other pests.
How do Monitoring Systems Work?
We can setup monitoring and interception systems to keep your home guarded against pests. The monitoring system will be placed in strategic locations in your home, usually at possible entry points of termites. This includes outdoor areas where termites are most likely to linger in search for food. With this, the uninvited guests can be kept at bay and away from your house.
Monitoring systems will need to be checked regularly so we can effectively track movements and termite activities before they start causing damage to your property.
The monitoring system can work hand-in-hand with baiting. Baiting is a useful method in eliminating pests by giving them exactly what they want – their food source. Our technicians will use cellulose-based materials – including cardboard and paper – to lure the termites and allow them to feed. The materials are poisoned with chemicals that will slowly kill the termites. And since they will be taking the food that they have gathered back to their nest, baiting is an effective way of getting rid of an entire colony of termites. Baiting is also used in controlling other types of pests, such as ants and cockroaches.
Setting Up a Monitoring and Baiting System
Although you may readily find baiting stations and treatments from hardware stores (mostly for eliminating ants), these are usually designed for controlling smaller populations of pests. For termites and large infestations of pests, Defence Pest Management can design a monitoring and baiting system that is customised for your needs.
Treating Termites and Keeping Inspections Up-to-Date
While baiting and monitoring systems are most effective for preventing infestations, in other cases, the use of other termite treatments, such as liquid termiticides may be necessary. In addition, homeowners and property investors should also make sure that regular inspections are conducted in their property to steer clear of pests and detect risk of infestations as early as possible.
If your home, or even just a part of the structure consists of wooden materials, then you know your property is at great risk for termite infestation. Even just your wooden furniture; bookshelves filled with books and magazines and the pile of boxes in your storage is already attractive enough to termites.
Even if your property never had termite infestations in the past, the pesky critters can come into your home from another area – most especially if you are located in a woody area. They can crawl through the crevices or travel underground until they find a crack on your floor or wall, which they can use as their entry point.
Termites need air and moisture, so damp spaces are the ideal place for them. Inside the house, they will feed mostly on paper and wood materials.
The problem with termites is not only that they will cause damage to your house, but that they usually remain unseen until the damage becomes too significant. That is why our team at Defence Pest Management would always suggest that you take the appropriate measures to avoid termites from even coming close to your home. Because, sometimes, you may not be aware of it, but there are things you do that attract termites into your property.
Say Goodbye to Termites – Your Uninvited Guests
If termites have already built their nest in your home, then the best you could do is get rid of them. There are various termite removal and treatment methods that will ensure the termites will be gone. The treatment method for your home will depend on the type and degree of infestation. Some of the most effective methods are the use of liquid termiticides and termite baits.
Do-it-yourself termite control is also possible, although there is a chance that the infestation may not be completely wiped out and there may be areas that will be overlooked. Even if there are very few visible termites on the surface, the colony underground may continue to spread to other areas of the home, so it is suggested to let the right person do the job for you.
Making Sure the Termites Never Come Back
In many cases of termite infestation that we have dealt with at Defence Pest Management, property owners usually turn to building inspections after they have accidentally found a nest of termites. In these situations, the impact of damage may already be huge, costing more money for repairs. However, a further inspection is necessary to determine if there are other parts of the home that have also been infested.
It can also help you find out the risk of termite infestation and if there are possible entry points that need to be sealed off from termites and other pests. This way, there is a reduced chance that termites will keep coming back to your property for their own shelter and food.
You’d agree that termites are uninvited guests in your home, and that includes all parts of your property, whether it’s the exteriors or interiors. But while you may have made the extra effort to be certain that your property is free from termites prior to your acquisition or to moving in, you may not realise that you are the one attracting pests into your property.
Termites feed on wooden structures and other materials that contain cellulose (a carbohydrate mainly found in plant cells), and workers in the termite caste require moisture to live. If you have the presence of both, you could be increasing the risk of termite attacks and infestation in your home. Here are common mistakes you might be doing that invite the termites:
Ignoring the Leaks
The leaks in your utility pipes can provide termites with the moisture they need for building their nest. The same goes with the drips from your air conditioning and excess water from the roof gutters. If these problems are not addressed, sooner or later, the white ants might start showing up!
Use of Mulch
Mulch is useful for the soil and growing plants, and so it is to termites. The termites can feed on mulch and start nesting where their food source is located. This does not mean that you disregard using mulch altogether; just make sure that it is located away from the exteriors of your house and any wooden structures to prevent termites from damaging your property.
Leaving the Cracks Unrepaired
Cracks are a perfect entry for termites. Even if the material is made of concrete, the crack can still act as a passageway to the wooden structures that pests can use as their food source. Again, where the food source is, the termites will not be far. Sometimes the cracks are too small that you can’t see through them, which is why you won’t know that it is being used as a crawling space by termites.
Neglecting Regular Inspections
An effective way to prevent termite infestation is through regular termite inspections, which is still often neglected by many property owners in Brisbane. Our team at Defence Pest Management recommend inspections to be conducted every 12 months so that possible infestations can be avoided.
If All Else Fails
If all else fails and these mistakes have led to termites invading your property, Defence Pest Management provides pest control and management services. One of the benefits of pest control is the prevention of exponential damage to your property, which can result in expensive repair costs.